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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified Sports Medicine Fellowship Sports Medicine Subspecialty Certification

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Areas of Focus

Knee Care
Pediatric Care
Shoulder & Elbow Care
Sports Medicine
Foot & Ankle Care

Corey A. Wulf, MD

Practice Overview

Corey A. Wulf, MD, provides specialty care in orthopedic sports medicine. Dr. Wulf performs arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee such as shoulder instability, rotator cuff tears, meniscus tears, and ACL tears. Dr. Wulf also provides care for athletic hip injuries. Dr. Wulf has an interest in multi-ligament knee reconstruction and cartilage transplant. Dr. Wulf also provides general orthopedic services which includes fracture care and joint replacement surgery.

For urgent scheduling needs, please call 952-456-7010.

Clinical Interest

Ankle Care

Elbow Care

Hip care

Knee Care, including Knee Replacement

Pediatric Care

Shoulder Care

Sports Medicine

Education

Certification
Board Certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine

Fellowship
Fellowship in Sports Medicine at Minnesota Orthopedic Sports Medicine Institute

Residency
Mayo School of Medicine

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Crosstown Surgery Center
Eagan Orthopedic Surgery Center
Fairview Southdale Hospital

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
American Medical Association
Arthroscopy Association of North America

Achievements & Awards

Top Doctor Rising Star: Voted an Orthopedic Rising Star by his peers in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine (2015, 2016)
Top Doctor: Voted a top orthopedic surgeon by his peers in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine (2020)

Sports Affiliations

Team Physician: Minnesota Vikings (2020 – Present)
Team Physician: Minnesota Twins (2019 – Present)
Team Physician: Hamline University (2012 – Present)
Team Physician: Minnesota United FC Professional Soccer Club (2014 – 2016)
Assistant Team Physician: Edina High School

 

 

Staff

Kristine Zwieg, PA-C

Kristine Zwieg, PA-C
Certified Physician Assistant

Marci Y.
Care Coordinator
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Patient Testimonials

December 29, 2020

Angie W.

Today is the one year anniversary of my knee surgery. I would love to thank Dr. Wulf and my PT, Jill, for their efforts in my surgery & recovery.

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November 20, 2020

Gary L.

I am a very active person who had been living for several years with a bad shoulder after a fly-fishing accident. I was hoping the shoulder could heal on its own, but finally realized that it wouldn’t, and got an MRI. I was frustrated at how my shoulder joint would give out, cause pain, and I was becoming increasingly worried about how it would become an even bigger problem as I aged.  The MRI showed a near complete tear of my subscapularis tendon and partial tear of my supraspinatus tendon. I took the MRI to Dr. Wulf at TCO and two other highly regarded and experienced Twin Cities shoulder surgeons at prominent clinics.

The two other surgeons looked at the MRI and told me there was nothing they could do for me. They said the subscapularis muscle had atrophied too much to be surgically reattached. They both suggested PT and that at some point I may need either a complete shoulder replacement or surgery to graft some of my pectoral muscle in place of the subscapularis. Dr Wulf, on the other hand, was able to look at my MRI and see that while there was atrophy, there was still enough viable muscle to allow reattachment.  He told me that even if only half of the muscle remained, reattaching the tendons and getting the tissues back in place around the joint would provide the stability I needed to regain performance and keep the shoulder from failing.

Dr. Wulf’s prognosis was what I wanted to hear, but I was still apprehensive given the two other opinions.  I scheduled two additional appointments with Dr. Wulf where I inundated him with questions.  He patiently answered them all, never wavered, and this encouraged me to put my faith in his knowledge, experience and surgical skill.

And he was 100% correct. I could tell early on in my recovery that this was an excellent repair, and that belief has only grown.  After seven months, I am back playing tennis again.  I can serve and stretch for a volley without hurting my shoulder. When I go to the gym, I can do flies without my shoulder giving out.  I can throw a ball and a Frisbee normally. I can put a bike up on ceiling hooks in the garage. I can scoop hard ice cream with my right hand.

Dr. Wulf restored my shoulder. He was the only surgeon who had the insight and experience to see that reattachment surgery was a real possibility, rather than seeing only options of last resort. His surgical skill was evident in my quick, largely pain free recovery and my joint strength. I am grateful that because of his insight, experience, and skill, I am able to regain strength and performance and can continue doing the things I love.

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July 9, 2020

Gerrie B.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Wulf and his team for the excellent care I received a little over a year ago. Several years ago I had a TIA (mini-stroke) and fell directly onto my right shoulder resulting in a torn rotator cuff. It went undiagnosed until my visit with Dr. Wulf. Just by manipulating and feeling my shoulder on the first visit, he told me I had a very large tear and it had been there for a long time. I was thrilled to learn the surgery could be done arthroscopically. It has been a little over a year since my operation, and as a 73-year old, I cannot believe how normal and strong my shoulder feels. The results were far beyond my expectations. I just finished washing all the windows in my house and had no pain during or after such strenuous activity. One thing special about Dr. Wulf is his positive and caring bedside manner. He always looked me directly in the eye when communicating and took my concerns seriously. His skill and expertise as a surgeon are beyond compare. I would recommend him to anyone.

December 13, 2019

Willie D.

I was 70 years old at the time of my injury and I was on my way to work. I stopped at Panera to get coffee for my co-worker and myself. I fell on my way back to my car and landed directly on my knee on the cement. I was brought to Fariview Southdale Hospital, where it was determined that I had shattered my knee cap. Dr. Corey Wulf was the Orthopedic Surgeon on call that day and said to my daughter, “it is a really bad break.” I was in surgery the same day and spent 5 days in the hospital and was then sent to Masonic Home for rehab. Dr. Wulf had to literally put my knee cap back together like a puzzle and then used heavy duty stitches and other hardware to hold it all together. It was undetermined if I would be able to walk without an assistive device any longer.

Dr. Wulf was caring and compassionate throughout the entire process and I could not have asked for a better surgeon and team. I am happy to say that I am walking independently without an assistive device today and have returned to doing most things I was doing before the accident. I thank Dr. Wulf and his team for the wonderful care that he provided me and my family.

July 9, 2019

James R.

To: Dr. Wulf and his medical team,

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all your help and support over the past year. To properly understand my gratitude, I feel it is important to explain my journey. About 20-years ago, I had two right knee meniscus repairs. Despite my attempts post-op to explain that my knee did not feel well, I was quickly quieted by the surgeon and told it would improve.

About 8-years ago, I was diagnosed with bi-lateral FAI, AIIS impingements, with labral tears. I was treated by a well-known physician at another facility. After four surgeries in two years (1 initial and 1 revision bilaterally), I was unable to walk a few blocks. Due to the pain, I became a patient at the United Hospital Pain Clinic and was given opiate pain medications. My mental health declined because I lost my identity and could not be the father to my two children in the way I envisioned. During my clinic exams, I again was silenced by the surgeon who appeared to struggle with his own hubris. I was told that my hips were repaired; at which time, I asked for a second opinion. It was at this time I became an advocate for my own healthcare and researched the best physicians for FAI and AIIS impingements by reading medical journals.

That brought me to Twin Cities Orthopedics, where I was treated by Dr. Chris Larson, who did my 3rd procedure on each hip. No longer did I feel like a number, I was treated like a person and my experience with orthopedics was immediately changed. After examining my right knee, Dr. Larson referred me to Dr. Wulf for complex knee issues.

Dr. Wulf, you exceeded my expectations and I have always felt cared for and treated with respect. Your humble confidence puts a patient at ease and is reassuring. The outcome with last year’s root repair on my left knee has been excellent. My left knee feels unbelievable and I was able to become free from opiate pain medication for the first time in 7-years. The improvement I was promised by the surgeon 20-years ago occurred this year with the meniscal allograft transplant by Dr. Wulf. In both procedures, I worked closely with Braidy and his knowledge and expertise is a great compliment to the treatment team.

Being a patient within a sports medicine provider, the road to recovery implies an athlete’s journey back to their respected sport. It’s been a long-time since I identified as an athlete, but this is my road to recovery as a father, husband, and son. You are part of my recovery journey and I received the best medical care an individual could have imagined.

Dr. Wulf, you have given two girls their father the ability to be active in their lives. You have given a wife her husband back and parents a healthy son. I have been off very strong opiate pain medication for 16-months, which is incredible with our society’s epidemic. I am pain-free and as I continue to heal; my goal is to be active and healthier thanks to you. My health has been a journey with 10 orthopedic procedures, and I have joy in my life again. My family and I are grateful for what you have given us. Dr. Wulf, words cannot express my thanks. Your care team,  including Braidy, is terrific.

Respectfully,
James

March 7, 2019

Grace T.

As a sophomore in college, my life is extremely busy. Balancing sports, class and extracurricular’s is a lot to handle, and now I have to work in time for an injury. I tore my ACL and partially tore my medial meniscus while playing soccer at my university. I have never had a serious injury before that prohibited me from playing the sport I love, so the whole injury recovery process is very new to me. I was completely lost on what the procedure was, where to find a surgeon, what physical therapy entailed and recovery time. Thankfully, Dr. Corey Wulf works closely with my university and he was able to explain the procedure to me and make me feel comfortable with the unfortunate situation I was in. After surgery, I felt even more worrisome on when I would be able to return to playing my sport. An injury as serious as an ACL put me at a recovery time for 9 months. I still have about 5 months until I am able to play again. However, my physical therapist at TCO, Karie Nash, has been extremely helpful. She has made the recovery process so much easier. Her insights and exercises have made a noticeable difference. Thanks to Karie, I am more confident in my knee and I look forward to continuing to work with her to guide me along with my recovery. With the help of these two TCO employees, I am continuing to get better and now I am a little closer to returning to the sport I love.

February 12, 2018

Linda K.

Thank you! Had my knee replaced by Dr. Wulf on May 8th, 2017 and I am hiking and biking daily without a single issue. This is now my “strong” knee. I climbed mountain trails with no problems – I’m so pleased (San Jacinto Mountains in Palm Springs). Not bad for a 71 year old!!! Thanks again – Linda K.

April 14, 2017

Nancee M.

I’m so very grateful to Dr. Corey Wulf, Brittany W., and Becky S. at TCO that I had the opportunity to participate in the DeNovo NT clinical trial. The result has been a literal God-send!  Having been a serious marathoner for the past 20 years and a marathon coach for the last 6 years, I was devastated when I reached a point of knee pain that wouldn’t allow me to run a step.  At the time, I was diagnosed by both TRIA and TCO with a medial chondral defect in the right knee. 

I ultimately elected to have my surgery done by Dr. Wulf at TCO for several important reasons: Dr. Wulf was recommended to me by other runners and running professionals.  More importantly, Dr. Wulf is also a runner and so I knew he truly understood how much it meant for me to get back to my sport.  At age 50, most places would have considered it a success if I could just walk without pain, but Dr. Wulf was committed to helping me race again. And the great thing was that it was not just my goal – it was Dr. Wulf’s and his entire team’s goal as well!

My first surgery was a microfracture surgery. I elected to have this surgery because it was a shorter recovery and being fit I had a reasonable chance of it being successful.  A year post I still could not run without pain and was fairly discouraged.  In one of my follow up appointments as we were talking through next options, Dr. Wulf talked with me about a new type of cartilage transplant surgery that he felt I was a good candidate for and that he had had good success with it.  At the time, Dr. Wulf was one of a very few orthopedic surgeons that was experienced performing this surgery.  It was a long recovery (a solid year) but I followed Dr. Wulf’s protocol to the letter. Everyone I worked with at TCO and the Institute of Athletic Medicine was so encouraging and supportive through the process.  Finally after reviewing my MRI one year post surgery, Dr. Wulf gave me the all-clear to begin training again on April 10th, 2015.  I continued to work with PT at the IAM and joined Orange Theory Fitness in Eden Prairie in May and got stronger as the length of time I could run got longer.  Then on August 1, 2015 I ran my first race – the Minnesota Half Marathon 5K.  It felt so wonderful to race again!  I ended up finishing 4th in my age group with an average chip pace of 8:16 min/mile!  Words can’t come close to describing how great it felt to be back in the game.  I owe it to Dr. Wulf and his team for working so hard to help me achieve such a great outcome after that devastating diagnosis.  I am so very grateful that I was selected to participate in the clinical trial.  I want to be sure others have the opportunity to benefit from this type of surgery.  For me, it was a clear success.  While I may not run marathons any longer, the surgery enabled me to run and race again without pain. As a runner, that is life.   I’m forever grateful to Dr. Wulf and his team at TCO.  THANK YOU!

January 4, 2017

Roxanne K.

I have been a patient of Dr.Wulf’s for a few years.  I had a total knee done this past summer and recovery has been long with some ups and downs.  But Dr. Wulf and his staff are awesome.  Their communication and follow through is very good.  He listens and makes a patient feel at ease.  He has very high expectations on recovery, he is honest, he is a perfectionist and that’s what makes him a phenomenal physician.  His staff is very understanding and patient.  The Physical Therapy group in Eden Prairie is awesome, and unbelievable as well.  Kevin, Nate, the other trainers  and the entire front desk staff really do care and push you until you are at your BEST! They ALL go above and beyond.  There were many tears shed and a lot of pain but they always gave a hug and a smile.  Thank you to all at TCO.

May 11, 2016

Juli O.

My 11 year-old daughter was recently seen by Dr. Wulf after a soccer injury to her knee. We went to Dr. Wulf because my nephew had seen him several years ago for knee surgery and I had Dr. Wulf perform microfracture surgery on my knee as well.

Dr. Wulf quickly diagnosed her with a contusion on her knee and a mild ACL sprain. He was exceptionally understanding of her athletic nature and desire to safely get back to playing as soon as possible. He was wonderful to work with and connected well with my young daughter.

If you are unlucky enough to have to have a family knee doctor, Dr. Wulf is a great choice.

Thank you Dr. Wulf!

January 21, 2015

Lisa S.

Both before and after I had my ACL replaced, I had and continue to have physical therapy through TCO. I can’t believe what a difference it is making. The therapists are incredibly knowledgeable, encouraging and effective. They helped get me ready for the surgery and then they have been with me post-surgery to help manage the pain and make the healing process go faster. I can’t imagine not having their support, so I sing their much deserved praises.

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